Year 1

Mrs Tierney

Wishing you a warm welcome to our Year 1 class page!

Year 1 is an important year for your child. It is the point when children transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

Although the way children learn in EYFS is continued, it becomes more structured. The children will continue to develop their phonetic skills to help both their reading and writing.

I believe in working closely with parents as this allows both parents and staff to have your child at the forefront of everything. You can contact me email at or by telephoning the school office on 01282 865840.

If you would like to contact Mrs Gupta, our SENCO, who works with parents of SEN children, her email address is
If you would like to contact Miss Watson, our head teacher, her email address is

Please read the documents below to find out more information about your child’s return to school.

Year 1 getting ready for back to school info
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In Year 1 it is our main priority to teach children to read more fluently and develop a good understanding of what they have read.  This will help them across every area of the curriculum. We work hard to foster a love of reading through our exciting reading den in our classroom and weekly trips to our own school library.

We have daily phonic sessions which are pacy, fun and include interactive activities. We cannot do this without your help at home! We recommend that children read a minimum of 3 times a week and they will then become a reading star which will give them a chance to win their very own book.

We finish every school day with a class story which I and the children absolutely love and I welcome children bringing in their own stories, magazines or non-fiction texts.

In Year 1 children will learn how to write in sentences, using punctuation and really start to think about spelling. We use The Power of Reading across a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, instructions and poetry.

We use high quality texts which engage the children, embed and aid understanding, alongside using their phonic knowledge which enables the children to write

Spelling is an important part of the curriculum and children will be given a range of hands on activities to practise different spelling rules.

Spelling will be sent home weekly as part of their homework and the children will be tested on them.

Any support or help from parents with spelling practise or looking at spellings whilst reading would help your child with their learning.

Year 1 spelling list

Children in Year 1 are expected to read, write and order numbers up to 100. We will carry out lots of practical, hands on activities to embed learning. A large part of our Maths focus is on problem solving and reasoning.

This is encouraging children to look at different problems and give reasons for their answers. It is important that we develop a quick recall of number bonds up to 10 as this lays important foundations for future learning. By practising counting forwards and backwards from any point up to 100 and also crossing the boundary of 100 could help your child in class.

Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and also testing them on their quick number bond recall would also be an important support for their class work.

Here at West Street we are very proud of our creative curriculum which we provide to engage the children to stimulate learning across the curriculum.

Each topic is delivered by an exciting launch and has a very clear outcome which we work towards across each topic.

As part of our ethos at West Street we believe that we want to enrich every child’s education by enabling them to have as many different experiences as possible.

This could include visitors into our school or us organising trips out to gain a better understanding of their learning or just to simply give them a new experience.

Throughout the school we use the Class Dojo reward system. Children can earn Dojo Points for a huge range of reasons from work in class to good manners and from asking good questions to being a reading star! This system also allows parents to keep in touch with their child’s learning and their good behaviour by signing up to Class Dojo. Additionally it provides a secure messaging service directly to the class teacher.

If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…

Children will be given spellings and maths homework every week. Reading at least 3 times a week will also be part of their homework.

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